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Post by Dan @ 02:45pm 18/01/12 | 7 Comments
As the game has effectively been banned in Australia due to a recent refused classification ruling by the Australian Classifications Board and an unwillingness from the creators to compromise the game for censorship's sake, this latest news on EA's Syndicate is probably not going to be very useful to most of you, but the publisher has confirmed a playable demo is due this month on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 that will feature 4-player co-operative action.

The demo is destine for Origin for PC, PSN for PlayStation 3 and XBL for Xbox 360 (oddly limited to Gold subscribers only on xbox), however if you're browsing from an Australian account and address, you're not going to be able to see it on any of these.
The Syndicate co-op demo will feature one of the nine missions in the game, all of which can be played with up to four players and many of which have been reimagined from the original hit game. In this mission called Western Europe, gamers must team up and infiltrate Cayman Global, assassinate Colonel Enrico Gabron, steal his technology blueprints and force his people back across the Atlantic. The odds of success look promising with Cayman Global badly weakened after their war against Eurocorp, but it won’t come easy.
While we probably shouldn't explicitly instruct on circumvention of such region restrictions, we're sure many Aussies will want to check this one out, so feel free to share your methods with our users in the comments.

In the meantime, watch the trailer to see what you'll be missing.

Syndicate is due for release in New Zealand -- and everywhere else except Australia -- on February 24th 2012 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Posted 02:55pm 18/1/12
As the game has effectively been banned in Australia due to a recent refused classification /snip this latest news on EA's Syndicate is probably not going to be very useful to most of you

Really? I guess I don't have the stats, but I would think that a games RC status would have very little impact on a large number (maybe even the majority) of AusGamer readers?

Looks like it will make a decent Stand alone FPS game... but I cant bring myself to think of it as a Syndicate game.
Posted 03:31pm 18/1/12
I was looking for the latest release yesterday, because I'm looking forward to playing this game, but couldn't find anything.

Now here's where the freaky nerd stuff comes into it:

This morning I was dreaming I was playing a Syndicate demo.

BAM! PSYCHIC DREAMS! Now to look forward to winning the lottery.
Posted 04:22pm 18/1/12
do demo's even receive ratings? if not then why would it be restricted?
Posted 05:05pm 18/1/12
IANAL, but I assume it would be considered promoting the product make a demo locally available, which is illegal for a publisher to do for a game that has been refused classification.
Posted 04:25pm 24/1/12
They could do that thing where they promote the product without naming it, like they do/did with R rated movie trailers before M rated movies. Haven't seen it for a while but the ones that spring to mind were Basic Instanct and Romper Stomper.
Posted 05:04pm 24/1/12
Wow that game looks horrible, it is 2012 right and this isn't some crazy bump for a game made in 2008? I'm sure glad they aren't compromising their artistic vision for the sake of censorship because it doesn't look like they have much left to compromise on.
Posted 12:54pm 25/1/12
Looks good to me.

What's wrong with it?
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